When a motorist is involved in a Maryland car accident, the law requires that they remain on the scene and exchange certain information with the other people involved in the accident, including their name, address, and vehicle and insurance information. Additionally, if anyone was injured in the accident, the motorist must ensure the authorities are aware of the accident so that those who need medical assistance can obtain it.
A driver’s failure to remain on the scene following a Maryland auto accident can result in both civil and criminal liability. In the event that a driver is not located or has insufficient insurance coverage to fully compensate the accident victim, the accident victim may be able to file a claim with their own insurance company under the policy’s underinsured motorist provision.
While insurance companies offer fair compensation in response to some claims, too often insurance companies try to evade responsibility by improperly denying a claim. In some situations in which the insurance company knows that it may be liable if the case goes to trial, the insurance company may offer a low-ball settlement offer early in the process in hopes of settling the case cheaply. In any event, Maryland accident victims should not take the insurance company at its word and should retain their own Maryland personal injury attorney to assist them with their claim.
Semi-Truck Driver Hits Teen, Flees Scene
Earlier this month, an accident between a semi-truck and a pedestrian left a 13-year-old girl in the hospital. According to a local news report, the semi-truck driver entered an intersection against a red light as the teen was crossing the street. As the truck entered the intersection, it ran over the teen’s foot, causing her to spin around. The truck driver did not stop after the accident and fled the scene. Authorities have yet to locate the truck driver, but it is likely that he will face criminal charges once arrested.
The teen was able to make it safely to the side of the road, where she awaited emergency responders. She was treated at the scene and then admitted to the hospital with minor injuries, including pain in her foot, as well as scrapes and bruises. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Hit-and-Run Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland hit-and-run accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled Maryland personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive experience holding negligent drivers responsible for the injuries they’ve caused. We handle Maryland truck accidents as well. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Maryland personal injury attorney, call 410-654-3600 today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
The Destructive Potential of Chain-Reaction Truck Accidents in Maryland, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 5, 2017.
Chain Reaction Truck Accidents on Maryland Highways, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 19, 2017.